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Dawn & Hawkes After ‘The Voice,’ Crowdfunding New Record

dawn and hawkeFresh off a nice run during NBC’s The Voice, Dawn & Hawkes are wasting no time in capitalizing on the popularity they garnered on the show. The indie-folk duo also known as Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length record. You could look at it as spending $25 on a very advance copy of what will surely be a great album, or if you’ve got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket – and I imagine that’s most of you – you can get yourself a private house concert. Don’t worry, there are options in between, too. For now, click here to check out your options, and enjoy their winning version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” plus a unique performance of their song “Yours and Mine.”

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Weezer’s Video Updates From The Studio

weezerWeezer is back in the studio, in between tour dates and themed cruises, hard at work on record number nine. The band has posted two videos, so far. The first is a rather well-edited teaser, while the second has more behind-the scenes action, with live tracking, studio chatter, and a few comments from the band’s stalwart webmaster, archivist, and all-around spokesman Karl Koch.

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Satellites & Sirens Release ‘One Noise’

Nashville’s Satellites & Sirens have released their much anticipated new LP One Noise. The synthesizer pop maestros who first came to our attention as winners of our Rock Boat competition launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to help fund the release. Now, with the help of the band’s fans, the album is here for our listening pleasure. Get it now on iTunes.


Morrissey Signs With Harvest/Capitol For New LP

morrisseyLooks like Morrissey did not take the advice of former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, whose open letter to the ex-Smiths frontman implored him to crowd-fund his next album. (I like to imagine him fulfilling the “Have dinner with Moz” level reward, or playing a suburban house party, or perhaps having backers in the studio to sing harmony on his record.)

No, Morrissey took the traditional route and got a label to pay for his record. In this case, it’s Harvest Records, distributed by Capitol. Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, Beck, The Strokes) will be at the controls when the record is recorded this month in France. Tour dates will follow, and then probably be cancelled, but then rescheduled.

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Review – Polar Bear Club: Death Chorus

One of the most appealing things about Polar Bear Club has always been frontman Jimmy Stadt‘s guttural growl, which sounds like something that might come out of an angry boar’s mouth if it was about to gore you to death (and also had a pretty good sense of melody). But Stadt’s voice sounds different, really different, on their latest effort, Death Chorus. So different, in fact, that Stadt actually put out a statement regarding his vocals the day before the record was released, saying that his voice had changed and that his usual snarl now sounds like “pissy, hot garbage.”

The change was noticeable enough on the album’s first two singles, “Blood Balloon” and “Upstate Mosquito,” that fans started – what else? – whining about it on the Internet. If they had only waited to hear the full record, listeners could have experienced just how well Stadt’s new singing style fits in with the music on Death Chorus. While the album is somewhat of a departure for these upstate New York punks, far poppier and more digestible than their earlier material, it’s also some of the most fun, shameless rock music to come out in 2013.

Featuring triumphant guitars and speedy drums, “Blood Balloon” and “Graph Paper Glory Days” kick off the record with gusto. These tracks, like many others throughout Death Chorus, are surprisingly reminiscent of the early-2000′s pop-punk on Saves the Day‘s In Reverie, or even Something Corporate‘s Leaving Through the Window. ”WLWYCD,” another standout on the album, would have felt just as comfortable in 2003 as it does today.
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Broken Bells: New Album And Tour

The ShinsJames Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, known collectively as Broken Bells, have announced tour dates for 2014. The dates will be in support of their new album After The Disco, which was announced last month and in due in January. Watch the seven and a half minute album trailer (apparently just the first installment), starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara, below.

Broken Bells Tour Dates

02/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
03/03 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
03/04 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
03/05 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/07 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
03/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
03/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

Wu-Tang Album Delayed, RZA Cites Mixed Interest From Members

Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA called out the members of the group who have and have NOT been helping make a new album into a reality.

In an interview with Grantland, RZA gives the most credit to Method Man, who he says has been the most supportive and motivated to make the project happen. Down at the other end of the spectrum? Raekwon, who, he claims, has not shown up at all.

And one of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man. He showed the most tenacity, he was the most vocal, he showed up the most, and he got the most lyrics on the new album. He’s already recorded eight or nine songs. He’s been on it. You know, I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn’t shown up at all. When you look at somebody like Masta Killa and U-God, they seem to have that original hunger to complete the legacy. I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working.

RZA goes on to ruminate about the platinum power of the Wu-Tang, wondering why anyone wouldn’t want to be a part of it. As the group approaches the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album, RZA thinks they should make one “great last album.”

For his part, Raekwon responded on Twitter: ”Yea i just read that rza article? Shit is funny to me. I love u rza, u know what it really is.”

[h/t The 405]

Stream Katy Perry’s New Album

The pop music world has been anxiously awaiting the release of Katy Perry‘s new album, Prism, since the lead single “Roar” debuted in the middle of August. Promotional singles slowly rolled out, and with each new track seemed to come a completely different sound for the girl who lived the Teenage Dream. The album is still a few days away from hitting stores, but this morning a full stream has been posted online for fans to enjoy.

Featuring a dozen new songs, including the singles “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air,” Prism marks the beginning of a new era for Katy Perry. Having been married and divorced since her last release, the girl who liked kissing girls has grown into a woman who knows the true meaning of heartache. Her dreams of cotton candy wonderlands have been replaced with visions of real romance, and both she and the listener are far better off a result. Click here to stream Prism in full.

Prism arrives in stores next week. Comment below and let us know your first impressions of the album.

The Deep North Stream ‘Sound & Light’ In Full

OurStage members The Deep North have partnered with Substream Magazine to premiere their new album, Sound & Light, in full.

The second release from The Deep North marks the beginning of a new and more mature chapter for the group. Vocalist Rebecca Frank leads the indie-tinged alt-rock offering with her most heartfelt lyrics to date, and the accompanying musicianship is second-to-none. It’s the kind of album that erases all previous notions of what The Deep North aspired to and introduces you to the professionals they have evolved into, without losing the inherent sense of fun that’s always resided at the core of the group’s efforts. Click here to stream the album.

Sound & Light was funded earlier this year through fan contributions to a highly successful Indiegogo campaign, and is now available digitally through The Deep North’s Bandcamp. A vinyl release is planned for later this year.

Listen To The New Album From Cage The Elephant

Indie fans, rejoice!

After months of promotion and anticipation, Cage The Elephant have released a stream of their new album in full a week ahead of its release date.

There is a scientific name for all fears, including the fear of music. Those poor souls who go through life unable to enjoy music are said to suffer from melophobia, which just so happens to be the name of Cage The Elephant’s new album. The record, which was produced by longtime collaborator Jay Joyce, is comprised of ten tracks, including one that features Alison Mosshart of The Kills. You can stream the album in full on Rolling Stone.

Speaking about the band’s inspiration for the new album, frontman Matt Schultz offered:

With electronic music, it’s so new and revolutionary that it seems the possibilities are endless. And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s this purist indie rock and garage that’s inspired by stuff like Velvet Underground and stuff from the ’60s. So what we wanted is to take that playfulness and swagger but have it open-ended like EDM.

Melophobia arrives in stores October 8. Comment below and let us know if you plan on picking up this release in the near future.


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